There’s no doubting that my craft room is my favourite room in the house.
I’m lucky enough to have had a designated studio space since I was a kid. My dad provided my first one in the form of a garden shed when I was young… but truth be told, I think my mum just wanted all my craft supplies out of the house [wink].
Since then I’ve had several purpose built studios… all of them different shapes and sizes, but each of them providing an amazing creative space to be ME.
Having worked in the arts industry for 30+ years, I’ve picked up a few organization tips along the way. These really came in handy when I downsized from a large working studio space to a craft room in 2013.
I honestly believe it doesn’t matter what size your craft space is, if it is organized well and provides a place to be creative, it is perfect!
These are my top 10 tips for organizing a craft room:
1. Neat & Uncluttered – Craft/sewing supplies by their very nature can make a room look cluttered. To streamline the look of your craft room consider a theme or colour scheme to tie it all together. My craft room is painted the softest aqua blue and I’ve used scrapbooking papers from the Country Escape collection by Tilda for all my accessories, labels etc. I also used the same scrapbooking papers on my patchwork door.
Another tip for keeping things looking uncluttered is to store everything in labeled boxes. Keeping the colour of the boxes uniform will make it look more organized and neat. I chose to store all my boxes behind floaty muslin curtains to give the room a more romantic and feminine look.
2. Multi drawer box units are perfect for storing those many tiny crafting supplies we all collect… especially if you are paper crafter or make jewelry. I store a multitude of scrapbooking embellishments in this box e.g.. flowers, pearls, brads, eyelets etc. The fronts of the drawers are covered in the same coordinating papers I’ve used throughout my craft room.
3. Shabbilicious can holders – think outside the box with recyclables. Those empty soup tins can be re-purposed as shabbilicious organizers with the addition of pretty scrapbooking papers. This one shown has a hole punched in the bottom for twine to be pulled through, but it can be used to store scissors, pencils, as a vase for flowers etc. See tutorial HERE.
4. Spice racks…. not just for spices! I love making over thrifted spice racks to use as craft room organizers. They are the perfect size to store small bottles of paint, glitter, buttons etc. You can usually pick them up for just a couple of dollars too, so they make for a cheap storage option.
5. Ribbon and lace boards. One of my favourite craft storage items are lace and ribbon boards. They are the perfect way to keep your haberdashery supplies untangled and neat. I will have my design for lace boards available as a free tutorial and download next week.
6. Glass jars make perfect storage solutions for smaller items. Remember, out of sight, out of mind! I love to be surrounded by my crafting pretties… they inspire me to be creative and I’m more likely to use an item if I see it around the craft room. I use the tops of my storage shelves to display the glass bottles.
7. Needles and pins can be awkward to store. I’m a huge fan of the needle book for safe and organized storage of needles. Pins are used a lot in my craft room and I have several different types of pin cushions. I leave them out on display so they can be both functional and decorative.
8. Caddies with handles offer great storage and organization solutions. I use this one with compartments a lot. Having a handle means it is perfect for mobile crafting, whether that be in another room or meeting friends for a crafty catch up. When not in use, it sits on top of a small dresser filled with craft room pretties…. a perfect inspiration for creativity!
9. Noticed Boards. Every organized craft room needs a notice board. Mine is made from a thrifted frame and vintage doily, but could be anything from a cork board to a chickenwire frame and pegs.
10. Storage boxes. For a smaller creative space, I suggest storing items you use together in the one storage box. This way, when working on a project you may only need 1 or 2 boxes out of your storage area. Less mess means more space to create in!!
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